Round 4 Wrap and Team of the Week
First grade match report 08 August 2020
A break in the weather provided Colties an opportunity to take on a committed Queanbeyan outfit without the rain. Another game that we were in for the most part, but let slip away. Final score 29-19 to Queanbeyan.
The game started with an early soft try to Queanbeyan. Our first 15 minutes was not our best for the year with a few high tackles, some poor ball security and conceding a number of penalties. Fortunately the boys adjusted their play and were more committed for the rest of the half. We found ourselves deep in attack on a number of occasions. One raid included a great kick to the Queanbeyan corner. Unfortunately from the ensuing lineout the ref saw a small knock on and a no-try to Ethan Rokoura resulted. Our best effort for the half came with about 10 minutes to go. We had 5 solid phases following a scrum: then a strong run from Harry O’Connor and a great ball sent Sam Keogh through a gap and across the try line. Liam Maguire converted and we found ourselves 7-5 in front. The last 5 minutes of the half saw sustained pressure from the Queanbeyan Colts. They got over the line just on half time to hit the lead 10-7.
Coaches asked the boys to focus on ball security, body height and to concentrate on their attitude to the game. The second half did not start well with our boys conceding a number of penalties and the Queanbeyan lads barging over for a try to increase their lead to 15-7. Our best stanza of the match followed with us scoring two tries to hit the lead. A great break from half way saw Tom Gratwicke bust through 3 or 4 defenders before off-loading to Adam McAuliffe who similarly broke through 3 or 4 defenders before he scored a great try. Converted by Liam and we were one point behind at 15-14. In another raid the O’Connor / Keogh combo saw Sam get his double for the day: up 19-15 to the good guys. Unfortunately that was the last of our scoring and we let the game slip away. Most of the last 10 minutes saw Queanbeyan pressuring our line with us conceding two tries, eventuating in a final score of 29-19 down.
On reflection, our second game of the year that we let slip away. A much better second half performance in patches, but conceding a few soft tries that provide us room for improvement. On on to focus at training this week and take on the Gunghahlin Eagles this week.
3 points: Tom Gratwicke
2 points: Harry O’Connor
1 point: Ethan Rokoura